Archive for the ‘Hawks’ Category

That Josh Childress Video

July 24, 2008

Couple different sites have been passing around this video, which is supposed to show Josh Childress partying in Greece just hours after signing his contract with Olympiacos. But it doesn’t look right to me. Isn’t Childress like 6’8″? Maybe his listed height includes the fro. Or maybe he made some new, really tall friends.

Stephen A.’s R.O.W. #5

May 3, 2008

UPDATE: Ha ha ha, from the same game, Long sends along… this:

The Daily Overreaction

May 2, 2008

Hawks coach Mike Woodson on Kevin Durant’s no-brainer as rookie of the year:

“It’s a travesty and it’s not right. He should have shared it, if not gotten it outright. … It’s what this kid has done for this team. … We haven’t had a power forward/center come in our league and do what he’s done [average a double-double] in I don’t know how many years,” Woodson said. “I mean, come on, man.”

Um, Mike, how many years ago would be 3. Emeka Okafor averaged 15 and 11 when he won ROY in 2004-05.

Hey, Horford’s great and had a great year, but I still don’t understand the ROY campaign for a role player (for now) playing alongside two All-Stars (Johnson, Bibby) and one future All-Star (Smith).

Anyways, he has been a blast to watch, and the way this Celtics team has (A) buckled under pressure, (B) gotten 95% of all 50/50 calls the last couple games, (C) still had the gall to whine and complain when exactly one call went against them, and (D) acted like they’re tough shit while trying (unsuccessfully) to bully a team with 30 wins less than them — well, screw those guys, even KG. I hope the Cavs or Magic make the finals.

BONUS: I can’t talk overreaction without linking to this guy’s video comparing the Pacman Jones trade to McCarthyism.

Speechless

April 28, 2008

I haven’t written much here just because I don’t have anything unique to contribute to the deluge of micro-analysis out there. Even though the excitement has been unexpectedly out East, there’s not much else to say except, Didn’t see that coming.

Instead, here are some of my favorites plays/performances from the past week.

1. Josh Smith, fired up.

This taste of the playoffs may keep him inspired all regular season. Color me (and my fantasy keeper league team) excited.

2. Al Horford making Paul Pierce his bitch.

Yeah, that was probably uncalled for, but A) I loved the fire and balls it showed, and B) you know the odds are really good Pierce’s smug ass did something to deserve it.

3. Carl Landry really is Carl Landry.

Flying all over the court and making crazy unexpected playing, he’s forcing me to love his game even though I tried, and tried again, to chalk it up to a fluke.

4. Lebron.

Nuff said.

Big Stat Attack

February 26, 2008

Following up a previous post, let’s throw out some stats that seem like logical indicators of whether these huge trades worked. This isn’t ideal because I’m a little rushed, haven’t really explained why these are the stats I like, and don’t have the pre-trade numbers at my fingertips, but oh well, that’ll come. For now let’s grab the latest numbers from ESPN. A good glossary of the stats is at basketball-reference.com. Suggestions welcome in comments.

SPURS

  • I thought defensive rebound rate (DRR) would tell the tale, or perhaps defensive efficiency (Def Eff), but nope: the Spurs are currently first in DRR (77.5) and third in Def Eff (100.0). Looks like Kurt Thomas was brought in specifically for playoff match-ups against Shaq, Pau, et al. Or maybe we really were just sticking it to the Mavs.

MAVS

  • Assist rate — currently stuck at 16.4, 20th in the league, this will obviously improve with Kidd but how much?
  • Offensive efficiency and pace — at 108.2, the Mavs’ efficiency is solid, 8th in the league, but they play at a really slow pace, 91.8 possessions a game. Not sure what any change would mean, but I’ll be curious to see.
  • Dirk’s 3-pt. % — he’s currently at 29.9%, way below last year’s 41.6. Will less pressure to facilitate the offense free up his shot?

SUNS

  • Def. Eff. — 103.8, ranked 15th. Obviously they want it to improve, but not at the expense of their offense, which was humming at a league-best 110.0 points per 100 possessions.
  • DRR — 69.5, ranked next to last. (Marion was their best defensive rebounder before the trade, with a DRR of 23.0. Granted it’s only three games, but Shaq’s at 31.9 for the Suns.)
  • Amare’s numbers — It’s already obvious Shaq is freeing up his game, but will it be more than a few extra dunks and some weakside blocks?

CAVS

  • True shooting % — right now: 52.2, 24th in the league. I figure better spacing and some real 3-point shooters should get them to rely less on second-chance points. Cavs were 4th in the league in ORR.
  • Def Eff — this year it’s a pedestrian 103.8, 16th overall. Paging Ben Wallace.

BULLS & HAWKS

  • Off. Eff. — If these teams are going to improve, it’s going to have to be offensively, right? Chicago = 99.4/26th. Atlanta = 101.0/22nd. As a general rule anything below 100 is pretty awful.

LAKERS

  • Things are obviously clicking for the Lakeshow, but my one lingering question was if that would change when Bynum gets back. I thought maybe he and Gasol overlapped, so there would be trouble working the kid back in. Reid figured they’d leave Pau at the high post and continue to score in buckets. The stats seem to back him up. Pau is more of a scorer and distributor; Bynum hits the glass harder and cleans up more of the offensive scraps.
  • Bynum: 13.1 pts, 10.2 reb, 1.7 ast, and .636 FG% per game. Advanced: 127 Off. Rating, 17.4 Usage Rate, and 12.1 Off. Reb. %
  • Gasol: 22.0 pts, 7.1 reb, 2.9 ast, and .632 FG% per game. Advanced: 132 Off. Rating, 23.0 Usage Rate, and 6.8 Off. Reb. %

I hate to say it, but shit, that’s impressive.

In all, I hope to find time this week to talk more about these stats, especially Offensive Rating and Usage Rate, which haven’t been discussed as much on the internet as I would expect.

Whoa.

February 21, 2008

Danny Ferry just made a good trade. What is going on in the NBA?

The Cavs get Wallace, Delonte, Wallyworld, and Joe Smith in exchange for Hughes, “Bitch Tits” Marshall, and Gooden. That actually might work. The Bulls can finally play their promising young bigs (you know I grabbed Tyrus off waivers before I even finished reading about the trade), and Hughes no longer has to pretend to be a point guard. That works, too.

And this comes in the same season when the Hawks, of all teams, got Bibby for practically nothing, which looks great on paper.

Dogs and cats living together, etc.

Where did all this competency suddenly come from?